Uncoordinated Investments in Water Supply: Rep to sink 60 boreholes in Kogi State

Rep To Sink 60 Boreholes In Kogi

By HAMZAT BABA

Thu, 29/12/2011 Leadership Newspaper

A member representing Kabba- Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency, Hon. Yusuf Ayo Tajudeen has said that by the first quarter of next year, he will sink 60 bore-holes in every ward across the constituency.

He said that it was his duty as a House of Representatives member to always fight for a project for his constituency.

According to him, the issue of unemployment in the constituency will soon be over, adding that he is working with other people within the constituency to embark on skill acquisition programme so that they can create jobs for the unemployed youths.

He disclosed that they have over 360 data base of unemployed youths, adding that they are working with people within the constituency, to see how they can create employment for the youths.

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Comments by Depo Adenle

This is the usual grandiose plan and empty promise made by politicians. And this is why little or no investment is made in the water and sanitation sector. Even when and if the investment is made it is not coordinated with the activities of other players in the sector. This causes a lot of wastage. To embark on this kind of huge project a lot of planning and consultation is necessary. It is uncertain whether the Rep consulted the would-be beneficiaries or other players in the water supply sector such as  the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Kogi State Ministry of Water Resources, the Local Governments in the Rep’s constituency as well as donor agencies?

It will be necessary if this kind of donor-politician is made to channel his donations towards projects in WSS through a sort of coordinating agency at  all levels – LGA, State and Federal.

A lot of boreholes have been drilled which are usually not properly handed over to the benefitting community and which are usually non-functional within a short time after they are completed. In most cases there are no arrangements for operation and maintenance of such boreholes.

If Rep’s  promise is good most of the sixty boreholes should be in place by now according to the deadline given  by the Rep.

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